8 ways to get a good night's sleep this summer

8 ways to get a good night's sleep this summer


Posted 17th May

While we're all undoubtedly looking forward to summer starting, those overly hot nights can play havoc with your sleep.

Simon Williams of the National Bed Federation (NBF) said: "When the sun comes out we can enjoy days in the garden, a picnic and dusting off the BBQ - but we forget the effect the warm days can have on our bedrooms at night".

"A baking bedroom can impact on our comfort and sleep. An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom, leaving many suffering from a disturbed night's sleep."

"Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why you just can't sleep when you're too hot. Below are some simple, very effective steps to take to ensure you stay cool and comfortable in bed this summer."

The following tips can help to get the night's sleep you need:

1 Keep your windows and doors open to allow air to circulate.

2 You should also keep your curtains or blinds drawn during the day - this will help to keep the sun out.

3 If you have an attic, see if opening the hatch will help. Hot air rises, so this will give it somewhere to go.

4 Get rid of the duvet and blankets - instead just use a cotton sheet. Alternatively try a duvet with a low tog rating.

5 Try having a cool shower or bath before it's bedtime. This will lower your core body temperature. You should also drink plenty of cold water throughout the evening, and make sure there's a glass by your bed.

6 Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. This will only leave you feeling hot and steamy in the middle of the night due to dehydration and an over-active digestion.

7 Try a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed to keep you cool.

8 Next time you buy a bed, you could consider buying one that will incorporate temperature regulating technology.






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